Ryan Hoffer Skims Another .06 off of National Age Group Record; Almost Goes Under 20 Seconds

Ryan Hoffer of the Scottsdale Aquatic Club took another .06 seconds off of his National Age Group Record from Sunday morning’s prelims session in the 50 free, swimming a 20.02 for 2nd-place overall at the Federal Way Sectional Championship meet.

In total on the day, he lowered his mark of 20.45 from December, making this the third time that he’s broken Kyle Bubolz’s record of 20.79 set back in 2001. He was second to Cal swimmer, and Scottsdale teammate, Tyler Messerschmidt, who rebroke his own meet record with a 19.25 for the win. That’s faster than he was at NCAA’s last year, and will be points sorely missed by the Golden Bears at this year’s championship in two weeks.

Carson Brindle from Multnomah Athletic was a 20.07 for 3rd place. He’s another great sprinter that will join Eric Hansen’s Arizona Wildcats next year. They already have great medleys, and next year could have some of the best sprint free relays in the country as well.

A full recap will follow the conclusion of tonight’s session, including all of the swims from Olympic star Missy Franklin.

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Scottsdale Aquatic Club had a fabulous meet. It seems like coach Kevin Zacher is doing something really well. Since he was named head coach five years ago the swimmers have been getting faster and the club has been growing to a national challenger. Anyone following the career of Coach Zacher? Seems like someone worth of following very closely.


Comgrats to Hoffer. 20.02 as a 14 year old is absolutely amazing. I don’t see that record being broken for a VERY long time. Let’s hope he can keep his incredible improvement up. Could be a great story in Rio in 2016 if he does. Kudos also to SAC. Kevin has done a phenomenal job building a sold program from top to bottom. He has built a great staff of coaches and led the team as a true head coach should. Although I am PSC Fan, I recognize good work regardless of where it happens. Matt Rankin and Garrett McCaffrey deserve a lot of praise for what they’ve accomplished since Matt came in December. Amidst a huge amount of drama… Read more »


Michael Andrew went 20.7 in his first meet at 13. That plus how fast swimming has been at the age group level this year, I think we’ll see multiple 19s from 14 year olds in the next 5 years

bobo gigi

This record is now very high. I admit it. But Michael Andrew, only 13, is already in 20.94. He now has a big target ahead of him. If Michael Andrew doesn’t break it in the next SCY season yes this record could stay during a very long time.

coach mike

Maybe even more impressive than the great swim by Hoffer is that they apparently have another 14 year old that dropped to 20.85 in this meet. That is within a tenth of the previous record. That would indicate to me that it is more than just a great kid swimming well but a program doing a great job.

Kirk Nelson

Pretty darn impressive. Based on the photo of him in the earlier story he looks very muscular for a 14 year old. Anyone know how tall he is?

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